Peduto: Steelers Shouldn’t Be Asking For Taxpayer Money
PITTSBURGH (KDKA 93-7 The Fan)- There is a big local debate centered around the Pittsburgh Steelers’ desire for 3,000 extra seats at Heinz Field. The organization wants the Sports and Exhibition Authority to pay for the expansion. Pittsburgh Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Peduto told Colin Dunlap that there isn’t enough money from development around the stadium to pay for the extra seats.
“The Steelers really shouldn’t be asking the taxpayers to pay for that,” Peduto said. “They should either wait until they do more development and more money is there, or they should put it out of their pocket the money that isn’t there, then making up the rest of it through their own pocket because they’re the only ones that are going to profit from it.”
Mayors of cities have been known to make bets with each other over big games. Dunlap asked Peduto if that would happen if he’s elected.
“Yeah, of course it will,” Peduto said. “I think that’s one of the things that comes with the job that’s fun.”
Peduto added that maybe he could do it in a little different way that would make it a little more interesting.